Special Report

Best (and Worst) Movie Remakes of All Time

Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

In their perpetual pursuit of profits, movie studios often remake films rather than take a risk on something completely new. These safe bets often pan out, as audiences flock to the theater to see the new version of a familiar title. In some instances — such as Steven Soderbergh’s remake “Ocean’s Eleven” (2001) — moviegoers prefer the remake over the original.

The likelihood of a remake being great largely depends on the reasons behind its production. When films are remade to cash in on the original’s success, they frequently fail to recapture the magic. This often happens with genre movies, such as with horror director John Carpenter’s cult classic “The Fog.” The 2005 remake was not only a subpar, critically panned horror flick, but one of the worst movies of all time.

When a movie is remade because the filmmakers see ways to reinterpret or improve on the telling of the story, the films are often excellent. The recent retelling of “A Star Is Born,” aided by the talent of modern-day music industry powerhouse Lady Gaga, is one such example.

24/7 Tempo determined the best and worst movie remakes of all time by creating an index based on user ratings from the Internet Movie Database and Rotten Tomatoes.

Even when a remake is great, it’s not always better than the first movie. This is often true when movies are remade for different markets or updated after long periods of time. The American horror film “Let Me In” and the original Swedish “Let the Right One In” are both considered to be good movies – one version was simply made with the English-speaking market in mind.

A terrible remake, however, is generally worse than its predecessor.

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To determine the best and worst movie remakes, 24/7 Tempo created an index using each film’s Rotten Tomatoes average critic rating, Rotten Tomatoes average audience rating, and Internet Movie Database average user rating. To be considered, each film had to have at least 10,000 total user ratings between IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes and 10 approved Tomatometer critic reviews.

We averaged the user ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb and weighted by the number of votes for each. The combined user rating was then averaged with the Rotten Tomatoes critic rating.

All of the films included are labeled “remake” on IMDb. For our list, we included re-imaginings in addition to strict remakes. We excluded films based on television series. Internationally produced films in which English was not the primary language were also removed from consideration.

The best movie remakes:

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

40. High Society (1956)
> Directed by: Charles Walters
> Starring: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra
> Original film: The Philadelphia Story (1940)

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Source: Courtesy of Orion Pictures

39. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
> Directed by: Frank Oz, Rocky Morton
> Starring: Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly
> Original film: Bedtime Story (1964)

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

38. Anastasia (1997)
> Directed by: Don Bluth
> Starring: Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd
> Original film: Anastasia (1956)

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

37. Les Misérables (2012)
> Directed by: Tom Hooper
> Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway
> Original film: Les Misérables (1935)

Source: Courtesy of Overture Films

36. Let Me In (2010)
> Directed by: Matt Reeves
> Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins
> Original film: Let the Right One In (2008)

Source: Courtesy of Miramax Films

35. The Quiet American (2002)
> Directed by: Phillip Noyce
> Starring: Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Thi Hai Yen Do
> Original film: The Quiet American (1958)

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

34. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
> Directed by: Frank Oz
> Starring: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia
> Original film: Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

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Source: Courtesy of Miramax

33. Enchanted April (1991)
> Directed by: Mike Newell
> Starring: Alfred Molina, Joan Plowright, Miranda Richardson
> Original film: Enchanted April (1935)

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

32. Insomnia (2002)
> Directed by: Christopher Nolan
> Starring: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank
> Original film: Insomnia (1997)

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

31. Phantom of the Opera (1943)
> Directed by: Arthur Lubin
> Starring: Nelson Eddy, Susanna Foster, Claude Rains
> Original film: Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Source: Courtesy of National General Pictures

30. Scrooge (1970)
> Directed by: Ronald Neame
> Starring: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans
> Original film: A Christmas Carol (1938)

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Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

29. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
> Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
> Starring: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie
> Original film: The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

28. Sorcerer (1977)
> Directed by: William Friedkin
> Starring: Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal
> Original film: The Wages of Fear (1953)

Source: Courtesy of Lionsgate

27. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
> Directed by: James Mangold
> Starring: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Ben Foster
> Original film: 3:10 to Yuma (1957)

Source: Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

26. The Jungle Book (2016)
> Directed by: Jon Favreau
> Starring: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley
> Original film: The Jungle Book (1967)

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

25. Scent of a Woman (1992)
> Directed by: Martin Brest
> Starring: Al Pacino, Chris O’Donnell, James Rebhorn
> Original film: Scent of a Woman (1974)

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

24. A Star Is Born (1976)
> Directed by: Frank Pierson
> Starring: Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Busey
> Original film: A Star Is Born (1937)

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Source: Courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures

23. The Jungle Book (1994)
> Directed by: Stephen Sommers
> Starring: Jason Scott Lee, Cary Elwes, Lena Headey
> Original film: The Jungle Book (1942)

Source: Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

22. Dumbo (2019)
> Directed by: Tim Burton
> Starring: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito
> Original film: Dumbo (1941)

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

21. Destry Rides Again (1939)
> Directed by: George Marshall
> Starring: Marlene Dietrich, James Stewart, Mischa Auer
> Original film: Destry Rides Again (1932)

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

20. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
> Directed by: Terry Gilliam
> Starring: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt
> Original film: La Jetée (1962)

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Source: Courtesy of United Artists

19. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
> Directed by: Philip Kaufman, Buck Henry
> Starring: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum
> Original film: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

18. Gaslight (1944)
> Directed by: George Cukor
> Starring: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten
> Original film: Gaslight (1940)

Source: Courtesy of New Line Cinema

17. Hairspray (2007)
> Directed by: Adam Shankman
> Starring: John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky
> Original film: Hairspray (1988)

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

16. The Thing (1982)
> Directed by: John Carpenter
> Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David
> Original film: The Thing from Another World (1951)

Source: Courtesy of Savoy Pictures

15. Shadowlands (1993)
> Directed by: Richard Attenborough
> Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger, Julian Fellowes
> Original film: Shadowlands (1985)

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

14. The Ten Commandments (1956)
> Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
> Starring: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter
> Original film: The Ten Commandments (1923)

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Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

13. The Fly (1986)
> Directed by: David Cronenberg
> Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz
> Original film: The Fly (1958)

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

12. Imitation of Life (1959)
> Directed by: Douglas Sirk
> Starring: Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee
> Original film: Imitation of Life (1934)

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

11. Victor Victoria (1982)
> Directed by: Blake Edwards
> Starring: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston
> Original film: Viktor und Viktoria (1933)

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

10. The Awful Truth (1937)
> Directed by: Leo McCarey
> Starring: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy
> Original film: The Awful Truth (1929)

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Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

9. A Star Is Born (2018)
> Directed by: Bradley Cooper
> Starring: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott
> Original film: A Star Is Born (1937)

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

8. A Star Is Born (1954)
> Directed by: George Cukor
> Starring: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson
> Original film: A Star Is Born (1937)

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

7. True Grit (2010)
> Directed by: Ethan Coen
> Starring: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld
> Original film: True Grit (1969)

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

6. Scarface (1983)
> Directed by: Brian De Palma
> Starring: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer
> Original film: Scarface (1932)

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

5. Heat (1995)
> Directed by: Michael Mann
> Starring: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer
> Original film: L.A. Takedown (1989)

Source: Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

4. Aladdin (2019)
> Directed by: Guy Ritchie
> Starring: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott
> Original film: Aladdin (1992)

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Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

3. The Departed (2006)
> Directed by: Martin Scorsese
> Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson
> Original film: Infernal Affairs (1992)

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

2. Holiday (1938)
> Directed by: George Cukor
> Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Doris Nolan
> Original film: Holiday (1930)

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

1. His Girl Friday (1940)
> Directed by: Howard Hawks
> Starring: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy
> Original film: The Front Page (1931)

The worst movie remakes:

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

40. Yours, Mine & Ours (2005)
> Directed by: Raja Gosnell
> Starring: Dennis Quaid, Rene Russo, Jerry O’Connell
> Original film: Yours, Mine & Ours (1968)

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Source: Courtesy of Open Road Films

39. The Loft (2014)
> Directed by: Erik Van Looy
> Starring: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller
> Original film: Loft (2008)

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

38. Poltergeist (2015)
> Directed by: Gil Kenan
> Starring: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kennedi Clements
> Original film: Poltergeist (1982)

Source: Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

37. Double Take (2001)
> Directed by: George Gallo
> Starring: Orlando Jones, Eddie Griffin, Gary Grubbs
> Original film: Across the Bridge (1957)

Source: Courtesy of New Line Cinema

36. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
> Directed by: Samuel Bayer
> Starring: Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner
> Original film: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

35. Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
> Directed by: Steve Beck
> Starring: Tony Shalhoub, Shannon Elizabeth, Embeth Davidtz
> Original film: 13 Ghosts (1960)

Source: Courtesy of Lionsgate

34. Conan the Barbarian (2011)
> Directed by: Marcus Nispel, Thomas Guard
> Starring: Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan
> Original film: Conan the Barbarian (1982)

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Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

33. Village of the Damned (1995)
> Directed by: John Carpenter
> Starring: Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Linda Kozlowski
> Original film: Village of the Damned (1960)

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

32. Diabolique (1996)
> Directed by: Jeremiah S. Chechik
> Starring: Sharon Stone, Isabelle Adjani, Chazz Palminteri
> Original film: Les Diaboliques (1955)

Source: Courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures

31. Jungle 2 Jungle (1997)
> Directed by: John Pasquin
> Starring: Tim Allen, Martin Short, JoBeth Williams
> Original film: Little Indian, Big City (1994)

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

30. Fathers’ Day (1997)
> Directed by: Ivan Reitman
> Starring: Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
> Original film: The ComDads (1983)

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Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

29. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
> Directed by: Scott Derrickson
> Starring: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates
> Original film: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Source: Courtesy of Picturehouse

28. The Women (2008)
> Directed by: Diane English
> Starring: Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes, Annette Bening
> Original film: The Women (1939)

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

27. The Blue Lagoon (1980)
> Directed by: Randal Kleiser
> Starring: Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern
> Original film: The Blue Lagoon (1949)

Source: Courtesy of Summit Distribution

26. Sorority Row (2009)
> Directed by: Stewart Hendler
> Starring: Briana Evigan, Rumer Willis, Carrie Fisher
> Original film: The House on Sorority Row (1983)

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

25. Intersection (1994)
> Directed by: Mark Rydell
> Starring: Richard Gere, Sharon Stone, Lolita Davidovich
> Original film: The Things of Life (1970)

Source: Courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures

24. Flubber (1997)
> Directed by: Les Mayfield
> Starring: Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Christopher McDonald
> Original film: The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)

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Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

23. Point Break (2015)
> Directed by: Ericson Core
> Starring: Edgar Ramírez, Luke Bracey, Ray Winstone
> Original film: Point Break (1991)

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

22. Flatliners (2017)
> Directed by: Niels Arden Oplev
> Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, John Goodman
> Original film: Flatliners (1990)

Source: Courtesy of Seven Arts Pictures

21. Night of the Demons (2009)
> Directed by: Adam Gierasch
> Starring: Tatyana Kanavka, Michael Arata, Shannon Elizabeth
> Original film: Night of the Demons (1988)

Source: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

20. Blame It on Rio (1984)
> Directed by: Stanley Donen
> Starring: Michael Caine, Michelle Johnson, Demi Moore
> Original film: In a Wild Moment (1977)

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Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

19. Taxi (2004)
> Directed by: Tim Story
> Starring: Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon, Gisele Bündchen
> Original film: Taxi (1998)

Source: Courtesy of Screen Gems

18. The Stepfather (2009)
> Directed by: Nelson McCormick, Oxide Chun Pang
> Starring: Penn Badgley, Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward
> Original film: The Stepfather (1987)

Source: Courtesy of TriStar Pictures

17. Mixed Nuts (1994)
> Directed by: Nora Ephron
> Starring: Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Robert Klein
> Original film: Santa Claus Is a Stinker (1982)

Source: Courtesy of Lionsgate

16. The Big Wedding (2013)
> Directed by: Justin Zackham
> Starring: Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl
> Original film: My Brother is Getting Married (2006)

Source: Courtesy of Screen Gems

15. When a Stranger Calls (2006)
> Directed by: Simon West
> Starring: Camilla Belle, Tommy Flanagan, Katie Cassidy
> Original film: When a Stranger Calls (1979)

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

14. Get Carter (2000)
> Directed by: Stephen Kay, Terry O. Morse
> Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Rachael Leigh Cook, Miranda Richardson
> Original film: Get Carter (1971)

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Source: Courtesy of New Line Cinema

13. The Bachelor (1999)
> Directed by: Gary Sinyor
> Starring: Chris O’Donnell, Renée Zellweger, Artie Lange
> Original film: Seven Chances (1925)

Source: Courtesy of DreamWorks Distribution

12. The Haunting (1999)
> Directed by: Jan de Bont
> Starring: Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson
> Original film: The Haunting (1963)

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

11. Black Christmas (2006)
> Directed by: Glen Morgan
> Starring: Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lacey Chabert
> Original film: Black Christmas (1974)

Source: Courtesy of Lionsgate

10. Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
> Directed by: Danny Pang
> Starring: Nicolas Cage, Charlie Yeung, Shahkrit Yamnarm
> Original film: Bangkok Dangerous (1999)

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Source: Courtesy of Destination Film Distribution Corp.

9. Eye of the Beholder (1999)
> Directed by: Stephan Elliott
> Starring: Ewan McGregor, Ashley Judd, Patrick Bergin
> Original film: Deadly Circuit (1983)

Source: Courtesy of Dimension Films

8. Pulse (2006)
> Directed by: Jim Sonzero
> Starring: Kristen Bell, Rick Gonzalez, Christina Milian
> Original film: Kairo (2001)

Source: Courtesy of Screen Gems

7. Prom Night (2008)
> Directed by: Nelson McCormick
> Starring: Brittany Snow, Scott Porter, Jessica Stroup
> Original film: Prom Night (1980)

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

6. Are We Done Yet? (2007)
> Directed by: Steve Carr
> Starring: Ice Cube, Nia Long, John C. McGinley
> Original film: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

5. Fantastic Four (2015)
> Directed by: Josh Trank
> Starring: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan
> Original film: Fantastic Four (2005)

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

4. The Wicker Man (2006)
> Directed by: Neil LaBute
> Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn, Leelee Sobieski
> Original film: The Wicker Man (1973)

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Source: Courtesy of Screen Gems

3. Swept Away (2002)
> Directed by: Guy Ritchie
> Starring: Madonna, Adriano Giannini, Bruce Greenwood
> Original film: Swept Away (1974)

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

2. The Fog (2005)
> Directed by: Rupert Wainwright
> Starring: Tom Welling, Maggie Grace, Selma Blair
> Original film: The Fog (1980)

Source: Courtesy of Entertainment One

1. Left Behind (2014)
> Directed by: Vic Armstrong
> Starring: Nicolas Cage, Lea Thompson, Cassi Thomson
> Original film: Left Behind: The Movie (2000)

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